Unlimited Tidal Fish License (UTFL)
Allows the holder to commercially fish for most crabs, oysters, clams, conch, turtles, lobster, and most finfish, in addition to guiding fishing parties in the state of Maryland.
May be used to guide fishing parties if the holder also has a United States Coast Guard Captains License. Due to limit in licenses it is not possible to say how long an individual might have to wait to receive this license. You may get on the wait list for this license at any time.
How to get your license?
Obtaining the License
Steps, requirements and documents
Must be a Maryland resident.
Requires the purchase of a harvester registration surcharge and a seafood marketing surcharge.
United States Coast Guard Captains License (if using the license to guide fishing parties).
How do I apply?
Apply or register
How do I maintain or renew my license?
Maintaining Your License
Renewal on Aug 31st
You may need to meet or abide by all of the following requirements
in order to maintain or renew your license
Must renew every year. Regular renewal period is August 1 - August 31.
Why is this license required?
Comprehensive commercial fishing license to allow commercial harvest of most species in Maryland's tidal waters.